Monday, November 3, 2014

Moses' Horns

This is Michelangelo's famous statue of Moses.  Why do you think Moses has horns?

I think it's strange that Michelangelo's himself never explained it.  History has recorded other stories and words from him.  Didn't anyone ask him, "Why the horns?"

Some explanations have been:

Horns at that time weren't associated with Satan.  Hence, Moses was a sheep of God.

How about this is Moses' expression when he came down from the mountain and saw the people worshipping idols.

The most common reason is that the horns represent rays of light.  How would an artist depict that?

Then some say, Moses' description was mistranslated.  The word light was confused with horn.  Moses head had rays of light, not horns.

I guess we'll never know.  What do you think?

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